Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Health Benefits of Licorice Root


This herb belongs to the fifty fundamental herbs of Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM). It has potent medicinal effects. This herb can treat infections, including of the mouth, and can pacify your liver. And that is just the tip of the iceberg. What am I referring to? This wonderful herb is Licorice Root!

Licorice root can do all sorts of things. Let me touch on just a few:

Licorice is traditionally used for liver problems. It pacifies this very important organ. This is significant for the many people that put stress on their livers. For example, according to one study, listed as source one below, it is able to decrease two enzymes. Alanine transaminase (ALT) is the first one; and aspartate transaminase (AST) is the second. These enzymes indicate whether the liver is in some type of distress.

Licorice root extract can be used for treating canker sores. It has strong anti-microbial properties, and is known for anti-viral effects, like treatment of certain kinds of hepatitis and herpes. Look for source two below for the original article that said it.

A few other effects of licorice root includes its anti-inflammatory effect and its status as a tonic. For mouth related ills, make a tea and gargle or drink it. The tea will help against respiratory-related problems. Gargling it is good for throat problems like sore throat or mouth ulcers.

Lastly, while this is not verified on my part, Natural News editor Mike Adams said that licorice root can fight two types of cancers by selectively killing cancer cells: breast and prostate cancers. I'll link to it, but the article itself does not have any sources listed, so do your own research.

Disclaimer: As a note of warning(so I don't accused by people who have no faith in natural cures), first of all I'm not a medical expert, but the authors of these pages might be. Also licorice does has its dangers like how it makes you excrete potassium. It also raises blood pressure, so be careful. Read the last source link for why you should be careful with it.

SOURCES   - source one
Natural News: Canker Sores      - source one
"Licorice works better than chemotherapy at killing cancer cells" - Mike Adams - for cross-referencing

1 comment:

  1. The word should be spelled, sore, not soar.


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